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Notes from the Field


Juan Quinonez Zepeda '22 interned at the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics during the 2019 summer term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

This past summer I interned at the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. During my time at the Initiative, I had many small-scale tasks such as a 2 page blog post about my personal experience as a freshman in college, brainstorming and finalizing critical questions for one of our White House Summits, and I even served as a note-taker and photographer for a Summit. However, my large-scale tasks included contributing to, editing, and condensing a 32 page First-Year Guide for Hispanic students to 22 pages, serving as a correspondent between the White House and the Initiative to problem solve last minute mistakes that could have prevented over 10 Senior Advisors from other agencies from attending our first summit, designing a bulletin board design on Hispanics in Stem that will be presented on September during Hispanic Heritage Month, and serving as a panel monitor for a $24,000,00 grant designated for Hispanic Serving Institutions.


Zhihao Wang '22 interned at the New York State Office of the Attorney General during the 2019 summer term. 

During the summer of 2019, I interned for the New York State Office of the Attorney General. The New York Attorney General functions as both the state’s highest law enforcement officer and the state’s chief legal counsel. The office is an elected position; the current Attorney General is Letitia James. With over 600 attorneys and 1700 employees, the Attorney General’s office covers a broad range of litigation in areas ranging from welfare fraud to cybersecurity. The New York Attorney General can also cooperate with the Attorney Generals of other states. The New York Attorney General has led multistate lawsuits in issues concerning the opioids epidemic, the citizenship question on the US Census, and the Equifax cyber breach.


Sunny Drescher '20 interned at the Office of the New York State Attorney General during the 2019 summer term.

During the summer of 2019, I served as an intern at the Office of the New York State Attorney General (AG’s office) in the Criminal Enforcement and Financial Crimes Bureau (CEFCB). This office is led by Attorney General Letitia James, who was elected in the fall of 2018. The Attorney General protects the legal rights of New York citizens, and she also acts as the state’s chief legal counsel. I interned in the New York Office in lower Manhattan, which is one of two Executive Offices that the Attorney General oversees; the other Executive Office is in Albany, and there are also a number of regional offices under the Attorney General’s domain as well across the state. The CEFCB investigates and prosecutes complex financial crimes throughout the state and primarily focuses on cases that involve securities and investment schemes, tax crimes, and insurance fraud. 


Sana Nadkarni '22 interned at the American Enterprise Institute during the 2019 summer term. 

The summer after my first year at Dartmouth I had the incredible opportunity to intern at the American Enterprise Institute, Washington DC’s leading think tank whose mission advances free markets, human potential, and a competition of ideas. My important and fulfilling work in the Development Department gave me valuable insights into how a think tank is run. I researched several top and prospective donors through Salesforce, assembled strategic documents for various receptions to be presented in advance to the department and President of AEI, and wrote summaries of AEI public events for our exclusive Enterprise Club. The hours I spent in the Rauner Special Collections Library for Professor Dobson’s Writing 5 class helped me when I had to analyze archival sources to compile and endowment history for a foundation report on the Burns Chair in Law and Financial Policy.


Grace Anderson '20 interned at the Critical Threats Project (CTP) during the 2019 summer term. 

This summer, I worked at the Critical Threats Project (CTP) at the American Enterprise Institute as a research intern. The Critical Threats Project focuses on open-source intelligence research and analysis of national security issues, with particular focus on Iran and al Qaeda. At CTP, I worked on the al Qaeda team and focused on al Shabaab in the Horn of Africa. My daily tasks consisted of open-source research and analysis terrorism and political activity in the Horn. I also published a daily security brief, conducted research for a publication on how al Shabaab develops popular support, and performed human network analysis of al Shabaab’s leadership.


Emory Holzer '22 interned with the White House Internship Porgram during the 2019 summer term. 


Tyler Work '20 interned at the Smithsonian Organization and Audience Research (SOAR) during the 2019 summer term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This past summer, I interned at The Smithsonian Organization and Audience Research (SOAR) of the Smithsonian Institution. Their work focuses on helping Smithsonian units operate more effectively and engage with their audiences to the best of their ability. The organization balances research, data-driven analysis, and strategic thinking to help the Smithsonian achieve its goals. At SOAR, I worked on a diverse range of projects with a variety of Smithsonian units, including but not limited to the National Air and Space Museum (NASM), the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), and the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA). Through these projects I was able to engage with every step of the analysis process: initial data collection through surveys or interviews, qualitative analysis with Excel or SPSS, quantitative analysis of interview transcripts and written open responses, and report writing.


Nicole Beckman '20 interned at the Community League of the Heights (CLOTH), during the 2019 summer term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This past summer I interned with the housing team at Community League of the Heights (CLOTH). About 1500 of the units CLOTH has developed are housing development fund corporations (HDFCs) that are now owned by individual tenant associations. Another 670 are affordable rental units currently owned by CLOTH. Many of the projects I worked on had to do with that latter group, including applying for and overseeing the implementation of green energy subsidy programs to improve energy efficiency in our portfolio and assisting with applications for low-income housing tax credits. CLOTH also has 357 units in its development pipeline.


Alexandra Sasse '20 interned at the U.S. Agency for International Development during the 2019 summer term.

This past summer, I interned on the Legislative Affairs team at the U.S. Agency for International Development. I supported Congressional Liaison Officers as they conveyed information between USAID and lawmakers on the Hill. I tracked legislation moving through the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Senate Foreign Relations Committee, researched the political positions of lawmakers regarding their support of foreign aid, and communicated summaries of relevant congressional hearings and briefings to the Legislative and Public Affairs office. I also helped fill administrative need by assisting with scheduling, escorting foreign guests into the building, and setting up events. 


Natalia McLaren '20 interned at United States Embassy London during the 2019 summer term.

This past summer I interned at United States Embassy London. Here, I learned a great deal about my life, my country, and the world we all share. At the embassy, I attended meetings and created summaries, read cables regarding the U.S./UK relationship with a number of different countries, and wrote briefings, talking points, and backgrounders for the Ambassador. Working and interacting with diplomats taught me how to be polite but persuasive in my speech, flexible when appropriate yet headstrong when necessary. 


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